CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - These guys are the underdogs of the college video game design world. Not because they're not good designers, not because they can't stand the national heat, but simply because their students at a community college.
At the U.S. Imagine Cup competition, sponsored by Microsoft, a team of 5 took home not just a prize, but the gold.
The CPCC team designed a game called "Sixth", where the main character is a 12 year-old boy named Sahir. In the game Sahir walks the streets of his India slum simply searching for water to survive.
The concept came from the goal to design a game that was socially responsible and fun.
During the awards ceremony in Washington D.C., Director James Cameron mentioned "Sixth" as the future of socially responsible video games.
The team is proud of the award but even more proud of the awareness it brings. Once finished, a player is prompted to donate money to help build water wells in India.
The team is in top-secret talks with companies to release their video game to the public.